Policy on Open Science Data

The Research Council seeks to strive towards making research as open as possible and as closed as necessary. We are currently drawing up a policy for open science that emphasises open research processes, open innovation, participation and citizen science.

The Research Council currently has a number of guidelines and activities in place related to different aspects of open science. We have recently launched a process to develop a comprehensive policy for our open science efforts.

Broad-based dialogue on challenges

The new policy will define the specific objectives to be achieved through our open science efforts. We will also clarify the role of the Research Council and propose measures to promote the wider application of open science throughout the Norwegian research and innovation system.

The Research Council is seeking a broad-based dialogue on how to solve the challenges arising from the transition to open science. We have already conducted one consultation round and are planning another in connection with efforts to design the policy.

The input received thus far is available below in its entirety (in Norwegian only):

Spreading knowledge around the world

The development of digital tools and technology creates new means of sharing and cooperation. Open science is a systemic shift in which research processes and results are made accessible and knowledge circulates more rapidly between stakeholders, disciplines, sectors and countries.
The greatest societal challenges are on a global scale. The UN Sustainable Development Goals provide a direction for achieving global solutions, through international cooperation, for example.
Open science facilitates more rapid global spread of knowledge by making knowledge available in countries where there is less access to research.

Higher-quality research and education

Simpler, quicker access to research methods and results creates a better framework for verifying results and quality assurance. Cooperation across subject fields and better analysis of each other’s data, processes and results can make research activity more targeted and effective.
Easier access to research results also strengthens the link between education and research, which helps to enhance quality in both areas.

More relevant research

Open science has the potential to encourage innovation and value creation in the business and public sectors. In-house knowledge can more easily be combined with the knowledge of others, serving to generate new products, processes and services.

Open science can also be beneficial for civil society. Making knowledge more accessible makes it easier to come up with solutions to complex problems that encompass multiple areas.

Involving actors from different parts of society in formulating problems, collecting data, carrying out projects and communicating research results can enhance both the quality and relevance of the research, thereby increasing the general public’s level of trust.

Easy access to open research results also provides an important basis for policy development and knowledge-based public administration.

About medical and health studies involving human participants

The Research Council has special requirements and guidelines for prospective registration of studies and publication of results for medical and health studies involving human participants.